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(2003) (Laurence Fishburne, Derek Luke) (PG-13)

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Drama: Following the death of his father, a young rebel decides to take on the local champion of off-track motorcycle racing.
In the underground world of off-track motorcycle racing, Smoke (LAURENCE FISHBURNE) is the undisputed champion. President of the Black Knights motorcycle club, he's yet to be defeated, although various other rulers, such as Dogg (KID ROCK) of The Strays, are always gunning for this throne. Even so, and with the help of his mechanic, Slick Will, and other members such as Soul Train (ORLANDO JONES), Smoke has yet to meet his match on the road.

That's about to change, however, if a young upstart, Kid (DEREK LUKE), has his way. Six months after his father's death, the defiant but ambitious 18-year-old wants to take on Smoke, but the champ won't race him until he joins a club and wins enough races to build a reputation for himself.

With the help of his fellow hustler, Stuntman (BRENDAN FEHR), and their new friend, Primo (RICK GONZALEZ), however, they decide to form their own club, Biker Boyz, and focus on winning enough races so that Kid can take on Smoke. He and other leaders such as Motherland (DJIMON HOUNSOU) acknowledge the new club, but Kid's widowed mother, Anita (VANESSA BELL CALLOWAY), isn't happy that her son is racing in the same profession that took her husband's life.

As Kid starts seeing tattoo artist Tina (MEAGAN GOOD) and Smoke gets back with his former girl, Queenie (LISA BONET), little do the two realize how their lives are about to be changed by the pivotal race and revelations that occur and lead up to it.

If they're into motorcycle street racing or are fans of anyone in the cast, it's a good bet they will.
For violence, sexual content and language.
  • LAURENCE FISHBURNE plays the egotistical but cool king of motorcycle street racing in California who learns of his connection with Kid and then has to decide whether to race him. He uses some profanity.
  • DEREK LUKE plays an 18-year-old with a bad and defiant attitude who wants to race and defeat Smoke. He uses profanity, some of which is briefly strong.
  • ORLANDO JONES plays an attorney and member of the Black Knights who uses some profanity.
  • KID ROCK plays the president of a rival biker group who constantly wants to challenge Smoke and uses some profanity.
  • BRENDAN FEHR plays a young man who joins with Kid and Primo in forming the Biker Boyz club and is involved in hustling others.
  • LARENZ TATE plays Tina's brother and Smoke's mechanic.
  • RICK GONZALEZ plays a guy who convinces Kid and Stuntman to form their own biker club and becomes a founding member of that.
  • MEAGAN GOOD plays a tattoo artist who falls for Kid and wears tight and revealing clothing.
  • VANESSA BELL CALLOWAY plays Kid's mother who's concerned and worried about him participating in the racing. She briefly uses profanity.
  • DJIMON HOUNSOU plays the soft-spoken but hulking president of another biker group
  • LISA BONET plays another biker who has a past with Smoke and ends up hooking up with him again.


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    Here's a brief summary of the content found in this drama that's been rated PG-13. Profanity consists of at least 1 "f" word, while other expletives and colorful phrases are also heard. Some sexually related talk is present, while women in revealing attire are seen in various scenes. Some passionate making out and related activity occurs and off-screen sex is implied.

    Violence includes a fatal motorcycle accident (with some bloody results), some fistfights and one man threatening another with a gun. Those scenes and others could be unsettling or suspenseful to some viewers, while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes. A young man sees his father killed in that accident and some other tense family material occurs.

    Meanwhile, various forms of imitative behavior (many of them motorcycle related) are present, and various characters drink and/or smoke. If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

  • Various people drink before a race.
  • Various people drink at another biker gathering (including one racer who appears to be somewhat intoxicated). Following a race, a man announces that drinks are on the house for the next hour.
  • Various people drink at a party, including Smoke.
  • Various people drink including Soul Train and Smoke.
  • More people drink.
  • A man has some blood from his nose following a crash.
  • We see blood from a dead man's mouth as well as a pool of blood behind his head after he's killed in an accident.
  • We see some blood on a bandage that covers a fresh tattoo.
  • Primo has a black eye from where someone hit him (not seen).
  • Kid has some blood on his face following a fight.
  • Kid has a bad attitude throughout most of the film, while he and others also hustle others.
  • A man wants Tina to tattoo his name on his girlfriend's rear end, stating that he has to brand his women.
  • Kid lies to his mother about promising not to race anymore.
  • Various bikers have bad attitudes (testosterone fueled) toward other bikers.
  • Scenes listed under "Violence" might be unsettling, tense or suspenseful to some viewers, as might the various high-speed motorcycle races.
  • Handgun: Held by a biker on another biker in a menacing fashion.
  • We see animated guns in an Old West video game.
  • Due to loud and rowdy crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard. That said, we did hear the following phrases: "F*ck you," "Sounds like bullsh*t to me," "Oh, sh*t," "Talking sh*t," "They beat the sh*t out of me," "Bow that ass down," "Burn rubber, not your soul," "Oh, hell no," "Where the hell you been?" "Dawg," "What the hell /you doing/are you doing here?" "Lid" (helmet), "Kick some ass," "Fool ass," "Kissing your ass," "Figured you'd bitch out," "Gangsta ass," "Why you trippin?'" "Got your ass whipped," "Bitches" (men), "Bitch ass," "Who the hell are you?" "If you didn't have your head so far up your ass, you'd know this," "Hell, yeah," "Shut up and have a seat," "Knucklehead," "Pissed off" and "Punk ass."
  • The motorcycle racing and various stunts (including front and back wheelies, standing on the seat of moving motorcycles, doing other moves like hanging off bikes and doing a handstand on a moving bike, and wearing metal plates on the bottom of boots to create sparks on the road while riding) could be enticing for some teens to imitate.
  • Various characters have tattoos on various parts of their bodies.
  • Various women wear tight or midriff-revealing clothing.
  • Soul Train gives "the finger" to a guy who gives him the male masturbation gesture back.
  • None.
  • None.
  • We hear what sounded like at least 1 "s" word in a song, while other songs had lyrics that could not be understood, thus offering the possibility of potentially objectionable lyrics being in them.
  • Due to loud and rowdy crowd noise, some of the dialogue could not be heard. That said, we did hear at least 1 "f" word, 21 "s" words, 33 asses (2 used with "hole"), 12 damns, 8 hells and 1 use each of "G-damn," "God" and "Swear to God" as exclamations.
  • The camera focuses on a woman's butt in her tight and small shorts as she walks along. We then briefly see a couple making out while standing and clothed.
  • Various women, including Tina, show varying amounts of cleavage (sometimes a lot) throughout the film and wear varying sorts of revealing attire.
  • We see the top of a woman's bare butt as she gets a tattoo there (her pants are partially pulled down).
  • Kid and Tina passionately kiss (he's shirtless) and she then straddles his lap while kissing him (in a head and shoulders shot).
  • Primo talks about racing a woman where she had to pay up in a motel for losing. He comments on her having her tongue in his ear and Kid jokes about him getting an "ear job." Primo then says that she cuffed him to the headboard, but that others then came in (not sexual like Kid thinks), beat him, and stole his money.
  • During a charity bike wash, we see various buxom women in skimpy bikinis (that show a great deal of cleavage and bare butt cheeks in thong bottoms) as well as one muscular man in a very small swimsuit. Soul Train (after putting his hands over his own crotch) announces to some that all they need is "the train" (double entendre). Smoke admires one woman as she's bent over.
  • In a purposeful double entendre, Kid asks Motherland, "Are we racing, or are you just blowing Smoke?"
  • Tina lies faces down on top of Kid's back as he lies face down on a bed. He then rolls her over and gets on top of her (both are clothed but she shows some cleavage) in a head and shoulders shot. They may start talking about sex with her saying she's not ready to have that conversation and he says he isn't either (meaning he's more interested in action than talk).
  • We see a woman waving her rear over a seated man's clothed crotch.
  • Anita tells Smoke that it's hard to talk to someone when they're in bed with another woman.
  • We see Kid in just his boxers at Tina's place where he now apparently lives.
  • Smoke and Queenie lie in bed together, but both are clothed.
  • We see Tina in bed asking Kid if he's going to join her (he doesn't).
  • Dogg smokes once and a few other characters also smoke.
  • Kid sees his father be killed in an accident. We then see Kid, Anita and others grieving at the funeral. Later, that death still has an effect on Kid and he and his mom have some tense family moments between them over his racing.
  • Motorcycle racing.
  • Losing a parent.
  • A guy shows up and tries to stand on his moving motorcycle, but wipes out on the street.
  • A guy loses control of his motorcycle while racing and crashes into other parked bikes. His motorcycle then flies through the air and slams into a person, driving him back through a storefront window and killing him (with bloody results). That also leaves the rider, seen later, in a wheelchair.
  • We see animated guns being fired in an Old West video game.
  • Smoke pushes Kid backwards for being disrespectful.
  • Dogg hits or pushes a guy with a video camera (after losing a race and we don't see the impact, just the point of view from the camera).
  • Kid pushes Smoke backwards. After more confrontation, Kid tries to punch Smoke. He ducks out of the way and punches Kid several times.
  • Moments later, Kid jumps onto Smoke in a bar and is on top of him, punching him. Smoke then head-butts, punches, and then kicks Kid backwards. Kid then drives him back against the bar and more punching and struggling ensues with Smoke eventually throwing Kid across the bar. Kid comes back after him, with Smoke punching him several more times.
  • We briefly see some people fighting.
  • Some bikers beat up Stuntman and Primo. Kid then rushes up with a trashcan and hits one biker with it, and then punches another. More fighting follows and one biker then holds a gun to Kid's neck/head.
  • Kid has a bad accident while racing and severely damages his bike (but he's okay). He's later briefly shocked while trying to work on that bike, but isn't injured.

  • Reviewed January 29, 2003 / Posted January 31, 2003

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